Eden Hazard is considering his future at Chelsea FC, according to reporter Jonathan Wilson.
The Belgium international scored the first-half penalty that proved decisive in Chelsea FC’S 1-0 win against Manchester United in the FA Cup final at Wembley last weekend.
Hazard scored 12 times and made six assists in 36 appearances in the Premier League, but the 27-year-old couldn’t help the Blues to finish in the top four.
The Chelsea FC number 10 has been regularly liked with a move to La Liga giants Real Madrid in the summer transfer window following the Blues’ frustrating season.
Hazard has 24 months left on his current deal and the Chelsea FC star has proven reluctant to commit to a contract extension.
The Daily Telegraph reporter Wilson believes the Blues could lose Hazard this summer with the Belgium international considering his long-term future.
“There has been a lot of talk about Real Madrid but I never thought there was much substance to it,” Wilson told the Second Captains podcast.
“Two things have happened. He is now 27 and he hasn’t kicked on and could have another level to reach. If you’re not in the Champions League and heading into 28, 29, that’s a problem. His rhetoric has changed. He has been saying he would decide in the summer.
“He left [his future] it open. At the very least he is considering his future. I wouldn’t be surprised if he moves on.”
Hazard has won the Premier League title in two of the past four seasons as well as the FA Cup and the League Cup.
The Blues star moved to Chelsea FC from Ligue 1 side Lille in the 2012 summer transfer window despite interest from Manchester City and Manchester United at the time.
Highly-rated Chelsea man considering summer exit
Chelsea midfielder Ross Barkley could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge this summer – less than five months after joining from Everton, according to the Sun.
The highly-rated 24-year-old’s development has stagnated in the past couple of years and has barely featured for Antonio Conte’s men since his £15 million January move, making just four appearances in all competitions and is yet to play the entire 90 minutes for the Blues.
Whilst a hamstring injury has held back Barkley from being able to shine at Chelsea, the attacking midfielder failed to catch the eye in any of his outings for the London club, causing him to miss out on being included in England’s World Cup squad for this summer’s tournament.
The move to Stamford Bridge was supposed to push the England international to the next level and help him fulfil his undoubted potential.
Instead, Barkley could seek a move away from the club during the close season.
It is expected to be a summer of change at Chelsea, with Conte all but certain to quit the Blues, who are believed to be lining up Maurizio Sarri as the former Juventus manager’s successor.
Should the 59-year-old get the job, it will be interesting to see whether Barkley features heavily in his plans or whether he will be placed on the transfer market.
After making his Everton first-team debut back in 2011, big things were expected of the 24-year-old, with the midfielder’s natural talent there for all to see, as he was compared to the likes of England greats Paul Gascoigne and Wayne Rooney.
However, Barkley’s career has, so far, not quite gone to plan and it will be interesting to see whether he will be able to fulfil his potential, be it in the blue of Chelsea or in another team’s colours.